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March 17, 2010

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked


By Tom Spurgeon

* the listings are starting to fill in through the 2010 holiday seasons, and some quick googling can reveal a cover or two -- mostly because of a combination of book distribution catalog requirements and artists active on-line. That's Ray Fenwick's initial shot at a cover for his December Fantagraphics release Mascots, which may or may not be what's actually used when the book comes out. He explains his thinking here.

* the artist Tom Richmond reports that MAD will be bumping up from quarterly production to bi-monthly production, an increase of 50 percent in terms of published pages in a year. He extols nearly all the conceivable virtues of the move in his post, actually.

image* Michel Fiffe is spearheading a run of indie/alt cartoonists taking on Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon character, which will run in the comic book of the same name starting in issue #160. All the press material and statements can be found here.

* a company I've never heard off is bringing back the Charmed property through comic book publication, I guess because there wasn't enough Charmed during its 33 seasons on the air. Although I'd buy it if Gilbert Hernandez were doing it.

* it's always fun when people have fangasms over properties in which you're too old to have participated on any level, and thus it was with the announcement that Boom! is doing a Darkwing Duck comic book.

* the series/property Hack/Slash is moving from Devil's Due to Image. It makes total sense for a book like that to make that move, I'd think -- it seems like an Image book already, the creators can control the publishing schedule to their liking, and they're unfettered on the Image end to make outside deals for the property if any come up.

* I somehow missed this the first time around, but busy Dean Haspiel is putting together a comics section for the new, twice-yearly literary journal Cousin Corinne's Reminder. The first issue features a collaboration by Dean Haspiel with Jonathan Lethem.

* if you follow mainstream comic books, you already knew this, but the team of Palmiotti, Gray and Conner is off of their Power Girl sort-of revamp. Conner moved first and the writing team followed. That title had a bit of traction with some fans, about as much as can be expected in this day and age, I'd guess.

* here's a couple of nice editorial cartooning gigs announced: Drew Litton will be supplying cartoons to ESPN; Rob Tornoe is back in Editor & Publisher after their closing scare and ownership change.

* just a bit more on the Matt Thorn-curated manga works at Fantagraphics, including expected print runs.

* finally, Stan Saki has a cover image (below) and a few details about the next Usagi collection at his chat board.

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